I only want to write about magick that works, and magick that works easily and regularly. I have yet to find any health magick, or any form of healing, that works as well as the rest of of my magick. I don’t think you could even say a visit to the doctor works well, so I certainly don’t feel qualified to offer a magickal alternative to mainstream medicine. It would feel like cashing-in on hope and illness.
When I worked as a sorcerer-for-hire I was often asked to heal people. I refused every time, because I didn’t have the skills. People still offer to throw money at me for this sort of work, and it would be easy to exploit them. But I couldn’t live with myself. There is a chance that magickal work could act as a placebo, and thus provide a real benefit, but I would feel like a fraud.
So, when people ask, I refuse, but I do a little angelic magick free of charge in the hope it will help them. I don’t know that it does, but it feels right to try.
In person I’ve found that I can heal headaches, but that’s about all. I’m pretty good at magick, so I wish I could offer hope and help to those who need it, but simply don’t feel qualified. If that changes, and I find something that works consistently when it comes to healing, I will rethink.
But as I say over and over, magick is only ever one factor in any situation. To conquer a situation you break it down into parts and target each part with magick. When it comes to health I can’t imagine having the insight or skill to know what to do when somebody with cancer asks me for help. Do I try to make them feel better by fighting symptoms? Do I try to raise their levels of hope? Do I try to zap the cancer cells? Do I try to make more money for them so they can get better treatment? I don’t know, so I don’t try.
When you’re ill, the best way to get better is probably to seek medical help, not magickal help. And if medical help isn’t working, then I doubt magick will either. But I know that people want the option, even if the magick is unreliable. I have also had several medical professionals say that the power of hope is vital to medicine. We will never promise miracle cures, but as a compromise, I listed the healing abilities of several angels in The 72 Angels of Magick. I want to make it clear that if you have cancer, I probably can’t cure you. If you have flu, a vaccination would have been better than magick. And so on.
You can use magick to raise your general levels of energy, to improve your willpower (to lose weight for example) and to live a more balanced life. I remain concerned that a book of health magick would be purchased by chronic pain suffers, cancer patients and others with conditions that may never be helped by magick. This is not a subject we have forgotten, and other members of The Gallery of Magick are working with me to find a way to disseminate the magickal knowledge without offering false hope. Adam Blackthorne’s book, The Sigils of Power contains some rituals for personal healing and health, but these are for minor conditions (not miracle recoveries), and the usual disclaimer remains: we get sick, we die and the best way to avoid ill health is to live a healthy lifestyle, rather than to rely on magick.
– Damon Brand